Your Take: What is a Fair Pay Raise?

What raise do you think is fair? Here is your chance to share your opinion.

Ever since the White House announced that the president will propose a 1% pay increase for federal workers in 2015, groups and individuals have come out of the woodwork to express their opinions on what they think the pay raise should be next year.

The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) is on record as saying that 1% is “pitiful” and that 4% is the appropriate figure.

The National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU) said at its 2014 legislative conference that a 3.3% pay raise would be fair. Senator John Tester (D-MT), who spoke at the conference, said that while he does not have a specific figure in mind, 1% is not enough.

The National Federation of Federal Employees (NFFE) said that a 1% pay increase is “woefully insufficient” but never gave a specific figure that would suffice. In its press release, the union claimed that federal employees make 35% less than private sector workers, so it would not be a stretch for one to infer that this is the appropriate pay raise that NFFE thinks federal employees should get next year.

The International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers (IFPTE) said in a statement that the raise should be between 3% and 4%.

All of this is to say that everybody has their own opinion on the matter and nobody seems to agree on what the figure should be. So we were curious what the federal employees who read the web site think their raise should be next year. Should federal workers get a raise? Is 1% the correct figure? Or maybe it’s 4%?

To see the results of this survey, see Users Think 4% Pay Raise is Fair.

About the Author

Ian Smith is one of the co-founders of He has over 20 years of combined experience in media and government services, having worked at two government contracting firms and an online news and web development company prior to his current role at FedSmith.